Why should lupus patients wear sunscreen?

Why should lupus patients wear sunscreen?

Why is sunscreen important for people with lupus?

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause a wide range of symptoms, including skin rashes, sensitivity to the sun, and an increased risk of skin cancer. Sun exposure can exacerbate these symptoms and increase the risk of skin cancer. The sun's UV rays can damage the skin and weaken the immune system, making it easier for infections and cancer to develop. Sunscreen can help protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun and reduce the risk of skin problems and skin cancer.

How to choose the best sunscreen for people with lupus as people with lupus, even minimal amounts of exposure to UV light can be disastrous.

When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to consider the following factors:

  1. Sun Protection Factor (SPF): The SPF rating of a sunscreen indicates how much UVB radiation is blocked by the sunscreen. A higher SPF rating provides more protection. For people with lupus, it is recommended to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  2. Broad-spectrum protection: Sunscreen should provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can penetrate the skin more deeply and are responsible for aging, while UVB rays are responsible for sunburn. Look for a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection.
  3. Water resistance: If you will be sweating or spending time in the water, it is important to choose a sunscreen that is water resistant. This will help to ensure that the sunscreen stays on the skin and continues to provide protection. In North America it is required to list the time duration for water resistance protection; 40 mins or 80 mins should be listed below the statement "water resistant".
  4. Non-comedogenic: Some sunscreens can clog pores and cause acne. If you are prone to acne, look for a sunscreen that is non-comedogenic, which means that it will not clog pores.

BU sunscreens are a good choice as they are broad spectrum sunscreens that are water resistant for 80 minutes, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

When Jeff and Josie started making sunscreen products in 1994, one of their friends had been dealing with Lupus and told us they need to use sunscreen every day but many didn't work well with their skin or irritated their skin and made them break out. 

BU sunscreens have been used and enjoyed by these Lupus patients over the years and will continue to work with these friends to provide products that work well for them.